clonus

clonus

[kloh-nuhs]
noun, plural clonuses. Pathology.
a rapid succession of flexions and extensions of a group of muscles, usually signifying an affection of the brain or spinal cord.

Origin:
1810–20; < Neo-Latin < Greek klónos turmoil

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clonus (ˈkləʊnəs)
 
n
a type of convulsion characterized by rapid contraction and relaxation of a muscle
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek klonos turmoil]
 
clonic
 
adj
 
clonicity
 
n

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clonus
1817, from Mod.L., from Gk. klonos "turmoil, violent motion, confusion, tumult."
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clonus clo·nus (klō'nəs)
n. pl. clo·nus·es
A form of movement marked by contractions and relaxations of a muscle, occurring in rapid succession, after forcible extension or flexion of a part. Also called clonospasm.

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